Seventy-seven people held hostage in a church in southwestern Nigeria were rescued, according to media reports Saturday.
A priest took the hostages on the ground floor of a church in the Valentino district of Ondo State.
As residents of the neighborhood gave notice, the hostages, including 23 children, were rescued.
Public Relations Officer for Ondo Police, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the priest was detained and an investigation was launched into the incident.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar
Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.